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White Cane Safety Day

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Geez October has been quite a busy month yet a good one in terms of bringing awareness for noble causes. Today marks another important day for blind and vision impaired people – White Cane Safety Day. Here in the US since 2001 today also represents Blind Americans Equality Day.

Imagine what it’s like to be the recipient of a serious life-altering diagnosis. Similar to the stages of grief the initial shock upon receiving the awful news can only be described as a traumatic event while the brain tries to come to grips with what has been said. As a fully functioning adult losing independence is not an easy thing to endure.

WhiteImage of black background with white text & symbol of a person using the white cane.  White Cane Safety Day 10-15-14. The white cane in its simplest terms represents a tool by blind and vision impaired people can lead independent lives.

Coming to terms with a major life change is difficult but not impossible. Learning new ways of doing what was once so familiar takes time and determination. Then one day you are given the gift of independence through a simple mobility device.

The long thin white cane is more than just a widely recognized tool of blind and vision impaired users – it is the means by which we can take our lives back. In its simplest terms the white cane allows us to get back to the business of living our lives in the best way possible.

For more information on White Cane Safety Day you can visit VisionAware.org to view their illuminating article.

Difficult but Necessary Topic

Lately in the news there has been a lot of discussion around the important social issue of domestic violence. No stranger to this painful subject, I wanted to share a poem by Portia Nelson that was shared with me and a group of women about 20 years ago.

My heart breaks for victims of domestic violence and if I could say one thing to you it would be I didn’t think it could ever happen to me which was why it did. Eventually seeking peace, and a sense of well-being, was far more important than a dysfunctional relationship. You are valuable and do not deserve any kind of physical, emotional or psychological abuse.

Autobiography In Five Short Chapters

Chapter I

I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I fall in.
I am lost… I am hopeless.
It isn’t my fault.
It takes forever to find a way out.

Chapter II

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend I don’t see it.
I fall in again.
I can’t believe I am in this same place.
But it isn’t my fault.
It still takes a long time to get out.

Chapter III

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I see it there.
I still fall in… it’s a habit… but,
my eyes are open.
I know where I am.
It is my fault.
I get out immediately.

Chapter IV

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I walk around it.

Chapter V

I walk down another street.

~Portia Nelson

 “Looking ahead and not staying stuck behind is the next step.” ~ Domestic violence survivor www.seethetriumph.org #seethetriumph

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